Fifty bus enthusiasts joined the North West Vehicle Restoration Trust on their Arriva Merseyside Depot Tour to help raise over £600 for Zoë’s Place which offers respite and palliative terminal care to babies and support to their parents.
Organised by the North West Vehicle Restoration Trust in conjunction with Arriva North West, this one-off event enabled rare behind the scenes access to five of Arriva’s five depots throughout Merseyside. These included Southport, Bootle, Green Lane, Birkenhead and Speke.
Passengers wishing to take part in the tour were asked to register their interest with the North West Vehicle Restoration Trust before the event; this was to make sure that transport provided met the demand. Passengers on the tour paid £10 each – as a donation to Zoë’s Place. This is an excellent example of one charitable organisation putting their thinking hats on to help out another – both worthwhile causes in my view.
The tour started at 09:40 from the NWVRT premises in Kirkby, where we boarded the first vehicle of the day R317 WVR – a preserved Northern Counties Palatine 2 bodied Volvo Olympian dating from 1996, which swiftly took us to our first depot. The pictures from each of the five depots are as follows.
Four vintage buses provided the transport between the depots, which was topped off by a VIP presentation at Green Lane depot. We were treated to a short presentation on how Arriva is keeping the environment in mind in its daily operations throughout the world.
Karl Wilton, who co-organised the tour, from Arriva, said “Sunday was an exciting day for us at Arriva to show off our depots and vehicles to our number one fans, the bus enthusiasts!
Health and safety regulations place limits on how much of this we can do, so to arrange a day for everybody to get together and be shown round on an organised visit to not one, but five depots, and raising cash for charity at the same time is absolutely amazing”.
“The tour raised over £600 which will help support Zoe’s Place hospice. Our thanks to all that attended on Sunday, to help make the day a huge success and I hope you like how we operate here at Arriva”.